Rajnath assures flood relief funds to Kerala

Home minister Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh has assured all help to Kerala : File photo

New Delhi: Days after sending his deputy to take stock of the flood situation in Kerala, union home minister Rajnath Singh said he will visit flood-hit Kerala Sunday.

The minister said he had spoken to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on phone and assured him of all possible assistance from the centre.

Kerala has been reeling under heavy rain since Wednesday and 27 people were killed in rain related incidents in the last 48 hours.

Earlier, the union minister had informed the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour that the central government was aware of the crisis in Kerala and was ready to provide any assistance needed by the state.

The minister also told the house that the minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju had visited Kerala after a heavy spell of rain in July and approved Rs 80 crore in assistance.

The Army has been deployed in rescue and relief as well as damage-repair exercises in Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

In a statement, the home ministry on Thursday said four National Disaster Response Force teams will be sent to Kerala and an inter-ministerial central team would also visit the flood-affected areas.

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